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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell
He can make or break careers and once boasted that he sells more records than Bruce Springsteen. That confidence helped make Simon Cowell a success as a former judge on "American Idol." Cowell's blunt opinions of a performance stood in contrast to Paula Abdul's mostly positive spin and Randy Jackson's typical middle ground. The bickering with Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest was also a highlight of the Fox series. Cowell has been a judge on British shows "Pop Idol" and "The X Factor," and he produces other contest shows such as "American Inventor" and "America's Got Talent." He will help launch the U.S. version of "The X Factor" in September.
He can make or break careers and once boasted that he sells more records than Bruce Springsteen. That confidence helped make Simon Cowell a success as a former judge on "American Idol." Cowell's blunt opinions of a performance stood in contrast to Paula Abdul's mostly positive spin and Randy Jackson's typical middle ground. The bickering with Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest was also a highlight of the Fox series. Cowell has been a judge on British shows "Pop Idol" and "The X Factor," and he produces other contest shows such as "American Inventor" and "America's Got Talent." He will help launch the U.S. version of "The X Factor" in September. « Show less

Top Simon Cowell Articles

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  • Rolling Stones manager protests Rock Hall of Fame, skips own induction

    Rolling Stones manager protests Rock Hall of Fame, skips own induction
    This post has been updated. See note below for details. Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones' early manager, producer and publicist who is being inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has announced that he will skip the ceremony....
  • Simon Cowell not proud of affair, but he has embraced family life

    Simon Cowell has regrets, but his baby son's not one. How that baby started off, well, that's another story. Cowell, of course, was caught in an affair last summer with now-girlfriend Lauren Silverman, who was still married to Cowell pal Andrew...
  • Amanda Bynes never diagnosed with schizophrenia, her lawyer says

    Amanda Bynes has been popping up recently on social media looking pretty good, and now her lawyer is speaking out to deny a mental-health rumor reported during her struggles last year.  "For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she...
  • Zai Bennett to Leave BBC Three to Join BSkyB's Sky Atlantic

    LONDON -- Zai Bennett, controller of the BBC's youth channel, BBC Three, is to leave to become director of BSkyB's Sky Atlantic. BBC Three has won four BAFTAs in two years: best factual for "Our War," seasons one and two, best drama for "The Fades,"...
  • BBC Star Jeremy Clarkson Fights to Clear Name after Accusations of Racism

    LONDON -- Jeremy Clarkson, one of the BBC's biggest stars, is fighting to salvage his career after being accused of racism. Clarkson, who presents international hit "Top Gear," had been accused of using racist language while filming the show. The...
  • Will summer's singing-competition shows be the same old song?

    You might think, at this point, that there is simply no way a TV network could possibly put on another singing show. And yet you would be wrong. Fox has the once-powerful "American Idol" and NBC the still-formidable "The Voice." But ABC has been...
  • Kevin Reilly exits Fox Broadcasting after tough season

    Kevin Reilly exits Fox Broadcasting after tough season
    The top entertainment executive at Fox Broadcasting has resigned in the wake of a bruising television season. The departure of Kevin Reilly as chairman of entertainment for Fox comes less than three weeks after he presented a new fall schedule to...
  • ACM and CMA square off in awards show showdown

    ACM and CMA square off in awards show showdown
    Broad of shoulder and booming of voice, Bob Romeo is a memorable guy with a seemingly memorable job title: chief executive of the Academy of Country Music. Based in Encino, it's one of that genre's two principal trade groups along with Nashville's...
  • Several TV Shows Cancelled as Networks Clean House

    As networks prepare for their fall upfront presentations in New York City next week, many shows have learned their fate, resulting in dozens of cancellations. A number of Fox's freshman series were axed including "Rake," "Dads," "Enlisted," "Surviving...
  • Concert review: Il Divo with Lea Salonga

     Concert review: Il Divo with Lea Salonga
    Marrying pop quartet Il Divo with musical theater was an idea made in over-the-top heaven. Musical theater, of course, is a genre that wears its heart on its sleeve. And the four gents of Il Divo never met a song they couldn't sing the subtlety out of....
  • Upfronts 2014: 'American Idol' gets little love at Fox presentation

    At Fox's upfront presentation Monday in New York, entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly boasted about the network's breakout freshman drama "Sleepy Hollow" and boasted of its lineup of "youth appeal comedies" like "New Girl," "Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn...